Alaska Boys Cross Country ROY: Kaleb Korta

Alaska Boys Cross Country ROY: Kaleb Korta

Gatorade State Player of the Year

Alaska Boys Cross Country ROY: Kaleb Korta

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The Gatorade State Boys Cross Country Runners of the Year were selected based on athletic production and impact in the 2015-16 season. Each winner also demonstrated high academic achievement and exemplary personal character, including volunteerism, sportsmanship and community leadership.

For the complete list of Gatorade State Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year winners, click here.

THE WINNER: Kaleb Korta

THE BASICS

School: Galena City Schools (Galena, Alaska)
Grade: Senior
Position: Distance Runner
Height: 5-foot-7
Weight: 140 pounds

Athletic achievement: He raced to his second consecutive Class 1-2-3A individual state championship this past season with a time of 15:59.9. Korta also won the Region VI championship, the Palmer Invitational and the ACS Class Challenge.

Academic excellence: Korta has maintained a 3.91 GPA.

Exemplary character: Also a talented musician, he assists the elderly in his community and has volunteered locally on behalf of the Civil Air Patrol and the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.

THE PRAISE

“Kaleb is just so focused and motivated,” said Galena co-coach Molissa Bifelt. “He made a tremendous commitment, even before his freshman year, to be the best runner he could be. No matter the conditions, he always finds time to train.”

THE FUTURE: Korta has signed a National Letter of Intent to run on an athletic scholarship at the University of Alaska-Anchorage beginning this fall.

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